Answer Garden – Word Cloud Based on Student Response

 

WHO: Teachers looking to quickly gather responses from students, while easily recognizing most frequent responses.  AnswerGarden creates a word cloud of responses submitted by students to a teacher’s question.

 

HOW: Answer Garden is easy to use, and best of all, does not require an account to use!  Teachers simply visit https://answergarden.ch/, click the ‘+’ sign in the top right, and type in a question.  Teachers then have the option to set an AnswerGarden Mode: Brainstorm –

Teachers then have the option to set an AnswerGarden Mode:

Brainstorm – respondents can submit an unlimited number of answers, including the same unlimited times

Classroom – respondents can submit an unlimited number of answers, but only submit each answer once

Moderator – each answer is submitted to the teacher for approval

Locked – the garden is locked and no new answers can be submitted

 

Teachers can choose to allow answer lengths of either 20 or 40 characters, giving the students a feel similar to Twitter.  Teachers can also set a password and reminder e-mail, allowing them to fully control the AnswerGarden and edit it later.  There are also options for Spam Filter to remove common unwanted answers, set the case (all lowercase, uppercase, or no change), and an option to add local discoverability.

When finished, there are many options to export the word cloud after the session has completed.

 

WHEN:  AnswerGarden would be useful as a bell-ringer, formative assessment, exit ticket, check for understanding, and project brainstorming activity.  It allows for a full class discussion of ideas where every student has a voice.

Quill: Writing Tools For Students

WHO: Teachers looking for an easy-to-use tool to help students become better writers.
 
HOW: Head over to https://www.quill.org/, sign-up as an educator using Google, Clever, or manual entry, and get started.  Teachers can import classes from Google Classroom or create their own in the system.  Once a class is in place, a diagnostic test can be assigned.  Information from this assessment will give recommendations on activities for each student. There are four main options for student use in Quill:
 
Connect – Practice combining fragments into complex and well-structured sentences.
 
Diagnostic – Allows teachers to find out where students need to focus.
 
Proofreader – Students learn editing skills.  Passages are supplied with errors allowing students to practice grammar.
 
Grammar – Sentence writing activities for students to practice grammar.
 
WHEN: The majority of these activities are 5-10 min so they function well as bell-ringers or closing reinforcements.  These could also be used for enrichment work for students to extend their learning when they have finished regular classwork.

Vizia – Make Online Videos Interactive and Replace Worksheets!

WHO: Teachers that use videos in class and would like to add in checks for understanding while making the assignment more interactive.

HOW: Create an account on https://vizia.co/, add in a link to a video, then start adding questions!  Teachers have the option to include Multiple Choice (called quiz), Polls, Response (user types short answer or extended response), and Call to Action (button with external link to visit).  If teachers select the Gate Video option, it will prompt the viewer to enter their name and e-mail address. When all of the questions are added, the teacher simply copies the link in the top right corner and directs the students to visit.  This link could be posted to the classroom website, LMS, or create a QR code for the tablet classroom to utilize. After the assignment has been completed, the question results are loaded into a Google Sheet allowing the teacher to collect data, and grade if they wish. When coupled with the Google Add-On Flubaroo, these assignments could be automatically graded.

WHEN: Vizia is a great option for the flipped classroom and teachers that regularly use videos in class.  Vizia allows the teacher to capture student understanding while the videos are being watched. Vizia videos could be useful for bell-ringers, exit tickets, or assignments or inclement weather as well.

Here is an example of a Vizia video:

WEO: Digital Assignments With A Social Media Feel!

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WHO: Teachers looking for digital activities in the classroom.

HOW: Sign up for an account on https://www.weo.io/, create a class, add students (or they can add themselves via class code). Teachers can either create activities/assessments on their own, or search what other teachers have created.  Lessons that are Common Core aligned are easy to search for.  When creating activities, teachers can add a variety of items:

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To find activities made by other teachers, just simply click on the search icon in the corner, and type in the topic you are covering.  Teachers can create boards, “pin” activities to save for later, or assign to a class.

WHEN: Teachers could use WEO as a Bell Ringer/Exit Ticket, Formative/Summative Assessment, or for an entire lesson.  Teachers can be up and running with their first activity in a matter of minutes.

Quick introduction from WEO:

Edueto: Making Worksheet Style Questions Interactive Online!

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Who: Teachers looking for an interactive and engaging avenue for class time worksheets.  This could also be used for interactive formative assessments.

How: Teachers create an account at https://www.edueto.com/, then create an assignment, and finish with creating a class to assign the assessment to.  When creating an assignment, teachers have a large variety to choose from including:

Quiz (Multiple Choice questions)

Gap Filling (Fill in the blank with one-option gap, multiple-choice gap, and open-ended gap)

Matching (Match corresponding items)

Writing (Essays, analysis, and discussion)

Sorting (Sorting items into groups)

Equations (Mathematical equations solved with multiple choice or True/False)

PicTag (Picture tagging)

Sequence (Sorting items into sequences)

Creating the assignments is simple with the easy to use interface.  The option to assign the activity is given immediately after creation as well.  Teachers also have options to add pictures and video to their assignments.  Teachers identify correct answers while making the assignment to allow the system to automatically grade when turned in.  Teachers also have the ability to set a due date when assigning to their classes.  As students complete assignments, teachers are able to see data by student or the class as a whole.  Each question broken down for teachers to identify content that may need revisited.

There is also a growing repository of of public assignments created by other teachers.  Teachers have the option to share their new assignment they have made in this public library.

Teachers need to create classes.   Students need to create accounts as well as enroll themselves with an enrollment code that is automatically generated when a class is created.  No e-mail address is required for students.

The student interface is simple as well.  When a student logs in, they see their classes they are enrolled in.  After the student clicks on a course, they then see the assignments for that class.  After the students completes an assignment, they are able to see their score, as well as a break down of each question.

When:   Edueto could be used as a bell-ringer, exit ticket, in-class assignment, or quiz.  It is easier to create than a worksheet as the teacher just writes questions/answers, no need to format like you would in a word processing program.

This tool is easy to use and I would recommend it for any 1:1 classroom, or any teacher that uses an LMS.

Website: https://www.edueto.com/

Tutorial from Edueto:

Socrative – Many options for quick informal assessment

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Who: Teachers looking to incorporate interactive informal formative assessment

How: Teachers are assigned a classroom number after creating an account. Students are then instructed to log in to their specific room on any web connected device.

When: Bell ringer, Exit ticket, or quick check on comprehension

Socrative can be used on any web connected device. There is an app made for the iPads or it can be used through a web browser on laptops.

The teacher creates a quiz/activity from a variety of styles including:

Mutliple Choice – Ask a MC question and display results

True/False – Ask a T/F Question and display results

Short Answer – Open-ended questions, display responses

Start Quiz – Run a quiz made prior to class time

Exit Ticket – Get an end-of-class pulse-check

Space Race – Run a quiz as a game

Each of these options are easy to create, but you will need to budget 10-15 minutes to create quizzes before class time. Quizzes are saved in the system so you can reuse and modify at a later date.  You can also create quick one question activities to check on how students are progressing through a lesson.

Kahoot! Engaging interactive informal formative assessments

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Who: Teachers looking for interactive informal assessments and ways to engage students.

How: Students need web-connected devices

When: Bell Ringer, Exit Ticket, Quick checkup.

Grade-level: K-12

Kahoot! is a free online resource for creating quizzes, discussions, and surveys. Students log into a classroom and answer the questions that the teacher asks.  Using a multiple choice style question, the students select their response.  Correct answers receive “Kahoots!” and the quicker the student answers, the more “Kahoots!” they receive.  It runs much like the trivia games you see in some restaurants such as BW’s.  The students love to compete with each other and it adds an element of fun to assessing student learning.

Sign up for your free account and start building quizzes today!  https://getkahoot.com/